Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Care home plan to help Old Sils "survive"

A CARE home should be allowed on part of Knowle’s Old Sihillians Sports Club to help the cash-strapped organisation “survive”, a council report says.

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The 60-bed dementia care home (above) would raise £1.2m towards a £1.5m plan to renovate and extend the Old Sihillians Sports Club club house.

Members of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s planning committee are urged by a planning officer to approve the plan tomorrow night.

Their report says: “There are no funds available to deliver the necessary improvements as the Old Sihillian Association is suffering from a falling membership where running costs are only just met.”

It said the club has suffered losses of £188,873 in the last six years and the new club facility would be transferred to a new club, the Sihillians Sports Club (SSC).

The new club – to include existing members – “will represent a real change in the relationship between the club house and its members, as members will be responsible for the management of the site moving forward”.

It will give it more legal rights to access grant cash, it adds, as it would be a community amateur sports club and not a private company.

The applicant says the plans will “allow the continued survival of the Old Sihillians Sports Club”.

The care home would go on the site of a house – on Green Belt land near Warwick Road – that is used by association staff, who would move into the new facilities.

It would include a coffee shop, 23 parking spaces and create 68 full and part-time jobs.

Two people who live at neighbouring 1343 Warwick Road – a grand house fronted by gates – opposed the plan.

They said the scheme – 30 times the floorspace of the existing building – “far exceeds the previously developed extent of the site”.


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They said: “The scale of the building is wholly inappropriate in terms of local character and townscape.”

A leaflet was delivered to 200 homes within a mile of the property and the 26 who attended an exhibition at the club left “relatively positive” feedback, the report says.

And it says the care home (artists impression above, as seen from Warwick Road) will help meet demands of an ageing population

It concludes: “It is considered that the public benefit of securing the future of the Old Sihillians sports ground and its clubs together with arrival of an extra care home provides public benefit and very special circumstances which outweighs its inappropriateness in green belt terms.” 

The report says the club house is “run down” and needs re-wiring and better heating and changing rooms.

The plan will see the bararea refurbished and the other half of the building demolished for new changing facilities, about three times the size of previous facilities.

This would provide 14 extra changing rooms and an internal link to the club house. An extra 24 car parking spaces would be provided.



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5 comments:

  1. IT WOULD BE A"BLOT ON THE LANDSCAPE" AS YOU HEAD TOWARDS KNOWLE FROM THE MOTORWAY AND AN EROSION OF THE GREEN BELT. IT WOULD ALSO ENSURE COPT HEATH BECOMES SOLIHULL'S NEW RETIREMENT CAPITAL,THE ENTRANCE TOWARDS KNOWLE VILLAGE IS SOFTENED BY THE PRESENT MUCH SMALLER SET BACK PROPERTY,NOT AS ENVISAGED BY YOUR ARTISTS IMPRESSION AS WHEN THE TREES ARE DEVOID OF LEAVES THIS HOME WOULD BE AN OVERBEARING MONSTROSITY ADJACENT TO THE ROAD. THE OLD SIL'S DURING THE SEASON AND AT SET TIMES HAS INADEQUATE PARKING AS SHOWN AT TIMES WHEN THE SURROUNDING AREA HAS VEHICLES PARKED ALL OVER THE VERGES SO THIS PROPOSAL WOULD ONLY EXACERBATE THE PROBLEM ! OR WOULD MORE GREEN SPACE BE LOST TO PARKING WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE OLD SIL'S. I HOPE THE CLUB CAN RAISE THE MONEY REQUIRED BECAUSE IT IS AN ASSET.

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  2. I know people don't like change but I personally like to see derelict buildings and unused sports grounds less. If they are losing money and are going bust (as it says here), that would be a shame. The parking on Sundays is a massive problem, so creating more spaces (24 it says here) would be of benefit wouldn't it?
    I'm sure they'll find £1.5m in this economic climate no problems......

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  3. Sounds like clubhouse plans have been approved, but Care Home ones have not. Hence, completely pointless approving the Clubhouse plans, as there is no funding to support the developments. All these people moaning about losing Green Belt land, and now high chance that rather than losing one house and some parking space around it, all these playing fields may well stop being used. Great outcome that!

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  4. I agree, how long before the whole place is a new housing estate and the green belt arguement is a long distant memory.

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  5. The care home plan was refused and the club house plan approved by the committee.

    Members said for the care home that "the special case for the building didn’t outweigh the harm it would cause to the Green Belt".

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